Lightning sailors round the upwind mark. Severn Sailing Association
Annapolis Soling Fleet  

Soling sailing

The Soling was introduced to SSA by Stuart Walker in 1969 after the Soling was selected as the three-man keel boat for the 1973 Olympics. The SSA Soling Fleet has grown steadily since then and now boasts the largest fleet on the East Coast.

The Soling has classic lines and is a delight to sail but the challenge in the Soling lies in its subtlety. The boat is responsive to small changes in tuning and sail and rig controls have evolved to a high degree of sophistication. Above all else, success in the Soling class depends on skill and teamwork. The boats are roughly comparable in speed and old boats win races if sailed well.

Solings round the mark For the seasoned racer, the class offers the opportunity to compete against world-class competition. The Fall Soling Bowl attracts outstanding sailors including Dave Curtis, Hans Fogh, Ed Baird, Larry Klein, and Kevin Mehaney.

For the less experienced skipper and crew, the Soling class provides the chance to learn from outstanding teachers. Racing continues year round, with a Winter frostbite series held every Sunday. The informal Winter format of three to five short races provides ample opportunity to experiment and practice tactics and sail-trim. The competition is always close and the weather never as cold as expected. Racing is followed by a post-mortem, where the victors--tongues loosened by beer--explain to the rest what should have been done.

If you are interested in joining the fun as skipper or crew, contact the Fleet Captain.

Soling class web site

Soling Racing Schedule  

  Regatta Date(s) Details Docs Results Register Update
Ice Bowl January 01 Docs Results
Soling U.S. Championship April 04-06 Docs Results
Opening Day Handicap Race April 13 Docs Results
TESOD Week 1:May 06
Week 2:May 13
Week 3:May 20
Week 4:May 27
Week 5:June 03
Week 6:June 10
Week 7:June 17
Week 8:June 24
Week 9:July 01
Week 10:July 08
Week 11:July 15
Week 12:July 22
Week 13:July 29
Week 14:August 05
Week 15:August 12
Week 16:August 19
Week 17:August 26
Week 18:September 02
Week 19:September 09
Soling Spring Series (5/31,6/1) May 31-June 01 Docs Results
Keelboat Regatta J22,Star,Soling June 28 Docs Results
Club Open race Event July 19 Docs Results
Soling Summer Series (7/26,7/27)** July 26-27 Docs Results
Soling Fall Series (10/4,10/5) October 04-05 Docs Results
Soling Bowl October 24-26 Docs Results
Soling Acors Thompson November 08 Docs Results

Soling Class Web Site


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